Iconic metal band Metallica is teaming up with WSU Tech to enhance their technical education programs. Supported by the band’s All Within My Hands Foundation, ten schools received $100,000 to advance training in traditional trade or applied learning programs. WSU Tech will use the money to support their “Women in Manufacturing” program in aviation sheet metal, machining, and welding. The Metallica Scholars awards are designed to provide support for relevant job skill training for community college students and leverage the popularity of the band to encourage career and technical education.
After touring the country over the last few years, Metallica also wanted to reinvest in the communities that supported them by offering these scholarships. Lars Ulrich, the band’s drummer said, “All of us in the band feel fortunate that music has provided us the opportunity to be successful doing something we are passionate about. We wanted to share our success with others so that they can find a job where they do the same.”